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Entering Murky Waters, States Diverge On Campaign Coordination Rules

Thu, 12/17/2015 - 10:40am

Campaigns for Congress and the White House are barred from directly working with independent groups that can raise unlimited amounts of money. But states set their own rules on coordination.

Fact Check: Cruz's Misleading Charge About Rubio And Refugees

Thu, 12/17/2015 - 10:40am

Did Marco Rubio design a law that would let the president invite refugees into the U.S. without background checks? No.

Should American Women Have To Register For The Draft?

Thu, 12/17/2015 - 4:13am

The Pentagon has lifted its ban on women in combat jobs, prompting debate in Congress about whether they must register for Selective Service just as men must.

Marco Rubio Hits Both Iowa And New Hampshire After Debate

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 4:49pm

After Tuesday night's debate, Republican candidates are heading right back to the campaign trail. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio hit the ground in both Iowa and New Hampshire Thursday.

Congress Unveils Massive Spending Bill To Fund Government

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 3:57pm

Congress has unveiled a giant bill that will fund the government for the year and clarify the tax code. Congress will give itself an extension to get the bills passed before current funding runs out.

One Year After Pledge To Fix Relations, U.S. Continues Diplomatic Dance With Cuba

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 3:57pm

It has been a year since President Obama and Raul Castro set relations on a new course. The U.S. and Cuba now have reopened embassies, but they're still testing each other on key disputes.

National Security Takes Center Stage At GOP Debate In Las Vegas

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 3:57pm

NPR reporters dive deep into some of the claims made by candidates at Tuesday night's Republican debate.

Follow The Money: Congress Uses Budget Bill To Rewrite Food Policies

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 3:33pm

As lawmakers revealed a spending bill to keep the government running, they also took the time to weigh in on school lunch, GM salmon, calorie postings on menus and meat labels.

Cybersecurity Legislation Finds A Place In U.S. Budget Bill

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 2:21pm

Congress has been trying to tackle cybersecurity for years. After several attempts to craft information-sharing legislation, the latest one has found its way into the must-pass federal spending bill.

Federal Reserve Announces Hike In Short-Term Interest Rates

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 1:03pm

After holding rates near zero for seven years, the Fed approved a small increase Wednesday. While that step seems minor, the impact could be huge in 2016 as borrowing costs head up.

No Government Shutdown Likely; Here's What's In The Spending Bill

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 12:01pm

House Speaker Paul Ryan looks like he will avoid what would've been a government shutdown at midnight with a massive $1.1 trillion spending package. But he had to appeal to Democrats to do it.

Panda Cub Bei Bei Is Set To Share His Adorableness With The World

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 11:48am

The 4-month-old cub is now walking, squealing loudly, eating well and racing ahead of his older sister Bao Bao developmentally.

Congress' Funding Package Offers No Debt Assistance To Puerto Rico

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 11:43am

Struggling under a $72 billion debt, the territory asked for a legal change allowing it to file for some form of bankruptcy. But lawmakers have left that language out of their tax-and-spending deal.

All Eyes On Trump Once Again, But His Rivals Feel The Pressure

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 5:05am

Trump appeared serene and imperturbable, while most all the others on stage directed their fire primarily at each other. Jeb Bush was the exception, saying Trump would be "a chaos president."

There Are Way More Campaign Ads This Year (But They're Not Doing Much)

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 5:00am

Compared to this time four years ago, nearly 50% more ads have run in the presidential campaign. But the candidate spending more on ads than anyone is Jeb Bush, now mired at the bottom of the polls.

Inside The Spin Room After The GOP Debate In Las Vegas

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 4:11am

GOP presidential candidates will resume debate forums after the holidays. One political adviser pointed out that there may not be a clear frontrunner for the nomination before the party's convention.

Christie PAC Makes The Most Of Targeted Facebook Ads

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 4:11am

Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie's political action committee is using mobile ad technology to scoop up data about the people attending campaign events across New Hampshire.

How Did The GOP Candidates Do On Issues Of National Security?

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 4:11am

Renee Montagne talks to Mary Beth Long, a former Defense Department official in the George W. Bush administration, about how well the candidates addressed the safety issues.

GOP Presidential Candidates Clash Over Security Issues In 5th Debate

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 4:11am

Recent world events refocused the conversation on terrorism and national security. Jeb Bush sparred with Donald Trump over his comments about temporarily banning Muslims from the U.S.

House Plans Vote On Year-End, Must-Pass Tax And Spending Deal

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 10:43pm

Republicans like the tax package; Democrats like the spending plan. The two parties are expected to put together enough votes to get the overall deal through the House, with a smooth road beyond.

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